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Applied linguistics


Language is an essential part of all that we do. It defines us as humans. This course deals with the applications of theoretical tools in understanding languages and out come of the analyses of theoretical tools. We aim to have delivered the applications of the fundamental ideas of language to the fields such as language teaching and learning, cognitive science, education, and language disorder and disabilities.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.


Core and Elective both for UG and PG courses in BA, MA, B El Ed, B.Ed. PhD, Machine Translations, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Science

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Rajesh Kumar 
teaches linguistics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the IIT Madras in Chennai.

Topics dealt with are:
01 Applied Linguistics
02 Introduction to Language
03 Structure of Language
04 Language and Society
05 Multilingualism and Language Learning
06 First Language Acquisition
07 Second Language Acquisition
08 Language and Cognition
09 Disabilities
10 Cohesion and Coherence
11 Behaviorism and Language Teaching
12 Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
13 A Critique of Behaviorism
14 Languages of home and school
15 Critical Period Hypothesis
16 Direct Method
17 Audio-lingual Method
18 Communicative Method
19 Computer Assisted Language Teaching
20 Method and Post Method
21 Language Learning and Errors
22 Contrastive Analysis
23 Perspective on Interlanguage
24 Materials
25 Audio-visual aids
26 Assessment
27 Cloze Procedure
28 Language and Education
29 Multilingualism, Language Teaching, and Cognitive Growth
30 Social Psychological Aspects of Language Learning
31 Aspects of Vocabulary
32 Language Policy and Language Teaching
33 Linguistics and its Applications
34 Application in Development of Social Theory
35 Evolution of Language (Linguistic Theory in Applied Linguistics)
36 Linguistic Competence Vs. Communicative, Social, and Discourse Competence
37 Language in and of Politics
38 Questions of Identity and Power
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: October 28,2018(Sunday)
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.